Legislative Briefing ~ 10.3.17

Legislative Briefing ~ 10.3.17

Southern Shores Public Hearing TONIGHT

Town Council will hold a Public Hearing this evening, Tuesday, October 3rd at 5:30 p.m. in the Pitts Center. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to consider a zoning ordinance text amendment application submitted by the Town to allow living space within accessory structures.
At the last Planning Board meeting, members recommended approval of allowing living spaces in accessory structures. The ZTA defines living space as enclosed conditioned areas within a structure that are designed or constructed for human habitation. All conditioned areas within a structure are presumed to be constructed for human habitation unless affirmatively shown to be to the contrary in a manner such that the use of the area cannot be modified, i.e. a conditioned wine cellar or refrigerated storage area. The Town currently has a 6,000 sq. ft. limit on residential structures. The Planning Board also recommended that the square footage of the accessory structure living space count towards the residential limit.
ZTA-17-05 Accessory Structures With Living Space
ZTA-17-05 PB Recommended Accessory Structures With Living Space

Dare League of Women Voters – Election and Candidate Forum Info

The public is invited to attend the following Candidate Forums:
Kill Devil Hills Candidate Forum, Wednesday, October 4th 7- 9 p.m., KDH Meeting Room
Manteo Candidate Forum, Thursday, October 5th 7- 9 p.m., Manteo Town Hall Nags Head Candidate Forum, Tuesday, October 10th, 7- 9 p.m., Nags Head Fire Station #16
Southern Shores Candidate Forum, Wednesday, October 11th, 7- 9 p.m., Pitts Center

Last Day for Voter Registration, Friday, October 13th, Registration books close at 5 p.m.
Early Voting, Thursday, October 19th – Saturday, November 4th, Manteo Board of Elections Office & the Kill Devil Hills Meeting Room. The early voting process allows registered voters to appear in person at one of the designated locations to vote prior to Election Day. In Manteo Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, November 4th from 8:30 a.m. to noon; KDH early voting hours, Mon – Fri 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, November 7th, Dare County residents may vote for Town government positions in all 6 Towns.

Wright Memorial Bridge – Eastbound Lane to Close

Beginning this week, workers with the N.C. Department of Transportation and Flatiron Construction will begin the process of closing the eastbound Wright Memorial Bridge at the Currituck/Dare County line. All traffic will eventually be shifted onto the westbound bridge in a two-lane, two-way pattern.
The shift will begin for eastbound traffic near the intersection of U.S. 158 and Pine Grove Lane and end on the other side of the bridge near the intersection of U.S. 158 and Dogwood Trail. During the closure, speed limits in the work zone will be reduced to 45 miles per hour.
The closure will allow crews to perform repair and refurbishment work on the surface of the eastbound bridge. Traffic is scheduled to be restored to both sides of the bridge by May 14, 2018.
The work is part of an overall $21 million project to refurbish the Wright Memorial Bridge. The project is funded by an initiative designed to improve the conditions and increase the lifespans of high value bridges across the state.
Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

Live/Own Property in Kill Devil Hills – Participate in the Land Use Plan Survey!

The Town of Kill Devil Hills is updating its Land Use Plan. This important document provides policy guidance for future growth and development. All property owners and residents are encouraged to provide the Town with their input and opinions by completing the survey. This information will be extremely valuable to the Board of Commissioners as it gauges attitudes on growth and development.If you own property, live or work in Kill Devil Hills, please take a minute and fill out the survey.

Click here to being the survey.
The survey will close on Friday, October 13th.

If you have any questions please call the Planning Department at (252) 449-5318.

Town/County Updates

Currituck County – Reminder: The Planning and Community Development Department will hold one more training class to teach citizens how to use the online permit system. The final “Citizen Self Service” class will be held on Tuesday, October 24th, 10 a.m. at the Corolla Library.
Attendees will learn how to register an account; apply for online permits; upload documents; search existing permits; view inspection results and plan review results; pay for permits, utility bills, and taxes.
For more information, contact Bill Newns at (252) 232-6023 or bill.newns@currituckcountync.gov.

Duck – This Wednesday, October 4th at 7 p.m., the Town Council will conduct public hearings and consider the following Zoning Text Amendment applications:
• A proposal to amend the Town’s Zoning Ordinance by (1) adding Subsection 156.124(C)(1)(e)4 setting standards and permitting the installation of a single post-and-rail structure down the eastern side of the primary dune in the beach nourishment project area; and (2) adding Subsection 156.124(C)(1)(e)5 setting standards and permitting the installation of post-and-rope structures over the top and down the eastern side of the primary dune in the beach nourishment project area.
• Ord. 17-11 A proposal to amend the definition of “Lot Coverage” in Section 156.002 of the Town’s Zoning Ordinance by establishing that public sidewalks and similar public improvements located on privately owned properties shall not be included in the calculation of lot coverage.
You may contact Director of Community Development Joe Heard for more information about these proposals at (252) 255-1234 or jheard@townofduck.com. Any person may appear or be represented by an agent to present comments on these proposals. Written comments may be submitted to the Town Council, Town of Duck, P.O. Box 8369, Duck, North Carolina 27949 or via e-mail at info@townofduck.com. Staff reports will be available approximately five days in advance of the meeting. To receive the staff reports you can contact the Town Clerk at the mailing address above or at 252-255-1234. You can also download the meeting agenda and staff reports here.

Kitty Hawk – The Beach Nourishment public meeting will be held this Wednesday, October 4th at 1 pm at Town Hall. The public is invited to get an update on the project and ask questions.

Kill Devil Hills– From Monday, October 2nd to Friday, October 13th, a section of West First Street located between Canal Drive and North Croatan Highway (US 158) will be temporarily closed to all vehicular traffic. RPC Contracting, Inc. will be constructing drainage infrastructure upgrades to existing drainage components that currently cross under the West First Street roadway. This work is in association with the Publix grocery store development project.
Detours: West Landing Drive and West Third Street can be used to detour around the closure. No through traffic will be allowed. Local access will be maintained for Lost Treasure Golf from US 158. Access to Outer Banks Baptist Church will be from the west using West First Street.
Should you have any questions, please contact the Public Services Department, at 252-480-4080.

KDH Tour of Historic Homes – Coinciding with OBHBA’s Parade of Homes, KDH will hold a reception at Town Hall at 1 p.m. this Friday, October 6th to kick off a self-guided tour of a sampling of the historic homes in the Town. Participants will be given a guide book of the inventory and a map of the properties that will be open. The Historic Landmarks Commission was developed to identify preserve and protect the heritage, history, architecture and culture of the Town of Kill Devil Hills. Currently, the inventory of Historic Landmarks is 28. For more information call (252) 449-5318 or visit www.kdhnc.com where the video can be viewed here.

Nags Head – The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at their meeting this Wednesday to consider a zoning ordinance text amendment application submitted by Jim Rose to allow dormitory style housing as a Conditional Use within the C-2, General Commercial Zoning District .The zoning amendment has been discussed and reviewed at the Planning Board level the last few months after Jim Rose’s property, formerly owned by the Dare County Community Development Corporation, was found in violation of the zoning ordinance. The zoning ordinance text amendment would add “Dormitory/Multifamily, Mixed Development” and “Dormitory” as a Conditional Use within the C-2, General Commercial Zoning District. Rose was issued a Notice of Violation upon which work was done without the proper permits resulting in a dormitory style use which is currently not permitted within the Town. The Planning Board is recommending approval of the amendment and stated that while a violation of Town Code, the resulting use of seasonal labor housing/dormitory is one that should be given strong consideration as the entire Outer Banks and Nags Head specifically rely on it heavily during the spring and summer months.
Other items on Wednesday’s Agenda:
Commissioners will hear a report and recommendations from the Planning Board and Planning Director on the following:
• Consideration of Site Plan submitted by Quible & Associates, P.C. on behalf of Outer Banks Hospital, Inc. for construction of a 4,516 sq. ft. radiation therapy building.

• Consideration of Site Plan submitted by Bohler Engineering NC, PLLC for construction of a 35,962 sq. ft. Lidl grocery store and necessary site improvements at 2316 S. Croatan Highway – currently the site of Kelly’s Restaurant and Tavern. There will also be consideration of an amendment to the Traffic Control Map for right-turn only from Carolinian Circle.
The Board will also review a letter regarding preliminary flood maps in which concerns are expressed that the maps do no accurately reflect flood risks observed by recent storms. The Board expressed in an earlier meeting that they will not appeal the maps.

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Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, October 3
5:30 p.m. – Southern Shores Town Council

Wednesday, October 4
9:00 a.m. – Nags Head Board of Commissioners
1:00 p.m. – Kitty Hawk Beach Nourishment Update, Town Hall
7:00 p.m. – Duck Town Council

Thursday, October 5 thru Sunday, October 8
Outer Banks Home Builders Association Parade of Homes

Thursday, October 5
7:00 p.m. – Dare LWV Manteo Candidate Forum, Town Hall

Friday, October 6
1:00 p.m. – KDH Town Hall, Tour of Historic Homes Reception

Monday, October 9
5:30 p.m. – KDH Board of Commissioners
6:00 p.m. – Dare Planning Board

Tuesday, October 10
9:30 a.m. – Oregon Inlet Task Force
7:00 p.m. – Dare LWV Nags Head Candidate Forum, Douglas Remaley Fire Station
7:00 p.m. – Dare County Waterways Commission

Wednesday, October 11
6:30 p.m. – Duck Planning Board
7:00 p.m. – Dare LWV Southern Shores Candidate Forum, Pitts Center

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